by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Quiet Little Voices" (MP3)
"The first thing you forget about We Were Jetpacks is how young they are. When your speakers crackle with surges of gratifying guitar squalls or when this breathless dazzle of uninhibited anthem-building is taken to a stage, the Jetpacks define themselves by the magic they create with their hands, not by their 1987 birth dates." [The Pop Cop]Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks are visiting our country for SXSW this week. Unfortunately, their only NYC show is the sold-out Wrens/Titus Andronicus KEXP gig at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/12). If you have a ticket and want to see them, get there early, they are the first of three. if you're going to Austin, you can catch them on Friday, March 20th at La Zona Rosa, and the other places listed below.
We Were Promised Jetpacks will release its debut LP in June 2009 on Fat Cat Records, the same label of fellow Scots and friends Frightened Rabbit (who played NYC in January). The two bands will perform together at Scala in London in April.
Though Frightened Rabbit might not have any stateside shows coming up, other Scotish bands set to appear at both the Austin fest and NYC include Camera Obscura (Bell House & Mercury Lounge), Primal Scream (MHOW & Webster Hall), and Glasvegas (MHOW & Webster Hall).
The Wrens will also be at SXSW and have a Brooklyn show coming up that is still on sale.
All WWPJP tour dates, plus videos for the band playing acoustic for Bandstand Busking at Brighton Pier, below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Ships With Holes Will Sink"
We Were Promised Jetpacks - "An Almighty Thud"
We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Conductor"
We Were Promised Jetpacks - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Wrens
Mar 18 - SXSW - Spaceland Party- Austin, Texas
Mar 18 - SXSW - IODA Party, Emo's Annex Outdoors- Austin, Texas
Mar 19 - SXSW - SCD Party, End Of An Ear- Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - SXSW - Homeslice Pizza Party - Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - SXSW - La Zona Rosa - Austin, Texas
Mar 26 - The End- Newcastle, UK *Frightened Rabbit aftershow
Apr 15 - Scala - London, UK w/ Frightened Rabbit
May 14 - Great Escape Festival @ Water Margin- Brighton, UK
May 15 - Great Escape Festival @ Honey Club- Brighton, UK
Jun 9 - Cabaret Voltaire- Edinburgh, UK
Jun 10 - Doghouse- Dundee, UK
Jun 15 - King Tut- Glasgow, UK
Jun 16 - Night & Day- Manchester, UK
Jun 17 - Bodega- Nottingham, UK
Jun 18 - Lexington- London, UK
Jun 19 - Cockpit- Leeds, UK
Jun 20 - The End- Newcastle, UK